Pork Breakfast Sausage

I never have fresh ground pork made into sausage. A good sausage is easy to make and far superior in flavor. Here is a new sausage recipe. I have our fresh pork just ground and packaged, then frozen. I take it out two to four days ahead of seasoning. When you add seasonings be sure to use the fresh sausage in a day.
You Will Need:
•3 pounds of ground pork
•1 small onion, minced very finely
•1 Tablespoon sea salt
•2 teaspoons dry, ground sage
•1 teaspoon dry, ground mustard
•3/4 t. black pepper
•1/4 cup real maple syrup

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. I just use my hands– it’s messy but effective.
Place it in the fridge for a couple hours to help the flavors develop, or, you can use it right away.

Homemade Ranch Dressing from Nourishing Traditions

1 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
1/2 cup milk kefir (I use a homemade yogurt)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
2 teaspoons dried chives
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Instructions
1.Spoon the mayonnaise into a mixing bowl, and then whisk in the kefir and olive oil. When the oil and filmjolk are completely integrated into the mayonnaise, whisk in the onion and garlic powders, salt, herbs and dried parsley. Taste it, and adjust seasoning as necessary to suit your preferences.

Pig Project

The Pig Project is headed by Luke and Danielle Sanders.

Now we all love bacon, and fresh pork chops are the best. Bob and I have been raising pigs on the farm for years and we knew this would be one of the best ways to utilize the excess milk, eggs and veggies. We made a make shift pen and raised a couple of hogs in 2014 as a test. They were very delish by the way…

So Luke and Danielle thought they would like to head up the 2015 “Pig Project”. You have to admire Luke’s enthusiasm, he found some old metal forms and brought them out and with a few boards lying around the ranch, he and Bob took a couple of days and built the

PIG PALACE!

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With their new home in and cozy with straw the girls laid, I headed up north to buy 6 little piggies who went wee wee wee all the way home.

Sept 29th 2015

I finally convinced Danielle that it was HER pig that kept getting out (LOL) so after milking this morning she, Yatang and I worked on the fence and built a new dining table for the hogs who were constantly up ending their dinner.

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We think we may have solved the overturned water trough problem as well. Pounding 4 t- posts all around the water trough, they still can climb into it!

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After stringing electric fence around the bottom of the fence panels, we turned it on and turned the piggies back into their boudoir, and they have settled in nicely.

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The pipe runs the clean water into the trough.

And oh, did I mention it was three GIRLS that built all this luxury for your pigs?

Yogurt Cheese

I make a lot of yogurt, it is great but at the end of the week if I have yogurt left over I like to make it into cheese. Yogurt cheese is more flavorful than cream cheese, it has a bit of a tang to it. Excellent with fruit for a desert, or into cakes and dips. Alone I prefer hard cheeses.

I have never understood why people try to make cheesemaking so mysterious. Simply stated, you take your yogurt and run it through a cheesecloth overnight. That is it. It will drain without any weight and make a nice soft cheese. I put it in a clean jar and then in fridge.

Doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Oct 1 2015 to Dec 31 2015 Session

Our new session begins in just a few weeks. Please remember to pay your herdshare fees if you are getting milk. If you are interested in delivery, we do have a member who is willing to deliver to your house for a small fee. Contact me and I will get you in contact with her. Weed delivery to Kathy’s house will switch to Thursdays after Oct 1, and a donation box for Kathy’s electricity use should be handled by a member? Elizabeth will have a jar for delivery fees to be placed in.

Jars: you will need 6 jars for every gallon of milk you want to receive. Two will be for your recent milk, two will be left at Kathy’s and two will be taken weekly to the milk room when the delivery is made Thurs (most likely evenings). I am sorry about all the confusion however this seems like it will resolve the jar shortage problems. Solano’s building supply in Weed has half gallon canning jars for sale at $12.99 a case. Please put your name on lids and jars with permanent ink or fingernail polish.